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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 1 year full-time; or up to 3 years part-time

Be a critical thinker. Be a problem-solver. Be curious.

If you have achieved a high standard of academic performance in your Bachelor of Arts or Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma in Arts, why not study towards a BA(Hons)? It will take your qualification and prospects up a whole level.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Delve deeper

With a BA(Hons) you will take advanced courses and research in the subject you studied for your BA or GCertArts or GradDipArts.

An honours degree is a highly regarded qualification, showing your in-depth understanding of the arts and their application to the real world. 

Why do your BA(Hons) at Massey?

Massey offers passionate and friendly lecturers, a world-class distance-learning programme and access to multi-media learning materials.

What’s next?

After your Honours programme you could go on to a Master of Arts (120 credits).

A good fit if you:

  • Love studying the arts
  • Want an advanced qualification
  • Are curious about humanity
  • Want to know what makes you and other people tick
  • Want the flexibility to follow your passions
  • Have wide-ranging interests
  • Seek new solutions to world problems
Nathan Hawkins
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (double major: Mathematics and Philosophy)
Graduated in 2016

“I greatly appreciated the flexibility that the distance learning programme at Massey University offers…”

Born in the UK, but with Kiwi heritage on my father’s side, I moved to Whangarei when I was 25, subsequently marrying a Kiwi. I initially worked in the video marketing world but when my wife started studying I decided it was time for me to follow my interests in mathematics and philosophy.

I greatly appreciated the flexibility that the distance learning programme at Massey University offers. It enabled me to study all papers of my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts entirely from Whangarei while working my study around my busy life.

My faith and deepening knowledge in philosophy motivated me to take a leadership role in putting ideas into action. In 2011, my wife and I started a small church and charity in Whangarei that has led to the continued flourishing of several community projects. My academic achievements, and dedication to improving the lives of others, have been recognised by the Gates Cambridge foundation. They have awarded me with the prestigious Gates scholarship to study a Master in Philosophy as an international student from New Zealand at Cambridge University starting in October 2016.

In the future I anticipate completing a doctorate and sharing my knowledge and experience with others through research and teaching at universities. My passion and life vision is to challenge fundamental assumptions and bring fresh perspective regarding the complex world we live in.


Follow your passion into a profession where critical thinking and communication skills, fresh perspectives and new ideas will be highly valued.

The BA(Hons) can be a stepping-off point for any number of disciplines and careers. Employers appreciate this flexibility. They also appreciate the ability of BA(Hons) graduates to reason, research, analyse, criticise, communicate and think laterally.

Employers, industries and the labour market of the future need people who can thrive in an ever-changing labour market, and be able to effectively challenge and critique new encounters. Our BA(Hons) will develop your interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to ensure you remain agile and able to take on the opportunities the future holds.

Careers of some of our graduates:

  • Advertising
  • Aid and disaster relief workers
  • Business managers
  • Communications
  • Conflict resolution
  • Customs / Immigration officers
  • Defence forces
  • Disaster relief
  • Education
  • Family therapists
  • Foreign affairs
  • Human resources
  • International business
  • Media production
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Novelists
  • Peacekeeping
  • Policy development and analysis
  • Politics
  • Project management
  • Public relations
  • Research managers
  • Risk management
  • School principals
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Special education needs
  • Specialist teachers
  • Speechwriters
  • Teaching English overseas
  • Translation
  • Travel and hospitality

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